Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Mayor’s Forth State of the City Address Gives Hope

By Violet Lazarus The theme of Mayor Ben Walsh’s State of the City speech on Thursday night was progress despite the pandemic.  Walsh broadcast the speech live from Salt City Market, a food hall on South Salina Street that will offer a range of cuisine as diverse as Syracuse residents, which is set to open Jan. 29, the mayor announced ... Read More »

PGR Foundation holds interactive discussion to honor Black legacies — past and future By Violet Lazarus Over 60 women and girls were admitted into Poised Gifted and Ready’s virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls).”  The inspirational event titled “Our VP Looks Like Me” was a celebration of Black history and commemoration of Wednesday’s ... Read More »

Forums on Police Reform Continue

Feedback sought on plans to reinvent and modernize police strategies By Marnie Muñoz After George Floyd’s death in 2020, local elected officials heard a resounding, urgent call from Syracuse residents: that previous police reform efforts were simply not enough. Mayor Ben Walsh repeated this sentiment during a virtual public forum held Tuesday.  Although Syracuse has made some progress since the ... Read More »

Magnarelli Community Center to Offer Indoor Walking Sessions for Seniors

Staff Report Residents, ages 55 and older, will soon be able to walk or run laps at the Magnarelli Community Center gymnasium, located at 2308 Grant Boulevard, beginning Tuesday, Jan.  19.“We understand the importance of physical activity and how the lack of it can impact an individual’s overall well-being,” said Parks Commissioner Julie LaFave in a press release. “We have ... Read More »

Q&A with Art Zimmer

By Walk Shepperd Art Zimmer recalls when he worked 70 hours a week to build 13 multi-million dollar businesses. Upon retirement, he found himself working 70 hours a week, but as a volunteer for non-profits in the community, most of which are now closed due to the novel coronavirus. Now 82, what is Art Zimmer doing? He tells The Stand’s ... Read More »

Shining Bright

By Ashley Kang For the past 15 years Christine Barner-Hall has outfitted her home on Rose Avenue with a holiday lights display, which her niece Shiann Atuegbu believes rivals that of homes in more affluent neighborhoods.  Her love of Christmas and this festive time of year is her inspiration. “This is the time Jesus Christ was born,” Barner-Hall said. The ... Read More »

Syracuse’s Dr. Stephen Thomas Confident in Pfizer Vaccine

Chief investigator in clinical study shares insight with local doctors By Marnie Muñoz Pfizer’s research results and panel recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration have Dr. Stephen Thomas feeling cautiously optimistic about the Pfizer vaccine’s potential to help bend the COVID-19 pandemic curve. Thomas, who is lead principal investigator for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial and chief of infectious ... Read More »

Panel Addresses Resisting the Racism of COVID-19

By Marnie Muñoz The United States solved its problems differently before 2020, said Dr. Kishana Taylor.  For every public health crisis the country encountered before, the situation would slowly ease out of the spotlight as vaccines became available — often at the expense or dismissal of marginalized communities disparately impacted by the disease. But this year, COVID-19’s enormous death toll ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Imagine life in the near future, five years from now or even 10. Where will you be? Where will our community be? The question is: will this community be in a better position when the Interstate 81 viaduct is removed than we are today?The upcoming $2 billion tear down of the viaduct offers an enticing promise of opportunity: well-paying construction ... Read More »